Self signed certificate being flagged as a error.

Ernie Luzar luzar722 at
Wed May 13 01:01:28 UTC 2015

To create my self signed certificate & key I followed this online how-to.
The how-to provides a CA script for download.


followed by the first 2 openssl commands on this page

Then I did this command using the certificate outputted  by the  above 
openssl verify cacert.pem

cacert.pem: C =US, ST = PA, L = Pittsburgh, CN  =  *
error 18 at 0 depth lookup:self signed certificate

Why does openssl think this is a error and how can I fix this so it will 

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